BARCELONA: Luis Suarez has revealed he has talked to specialists about his behaviour and insisted there will be no further biting incidents.
The Uruguayan was speaking after making his debut in a Barcelona shirt following his £65m transfer from Liverpool.
He appeared as a late substitute in a 6-0 friendly win over Leon of Mexico but cannot play competitive football until late October because of the four-month ban imposed by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Suarez, serving out his third biting ban, said: “I say to fans, don’t worry, because I won’t do that anymore.
“I spoke to my psychologist and he said I had to face it and say sorry. I did – now I would rather focus on the present, which is Barcelona.”
The 27-year-old Uruguay striker, who said he was “really depressed” after the incident in Brazil, launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban.
Following the verdict, the former Liverpool striker is still banned from playing in competitive fixtures until late October and must also serve the remaining eight games of his nine-match international ban.
But Suarez is no longer excluded from “all football-related activities”, which allowed him to make his first public appearance in a Barcelona shirt.
He added: “I am speaking to professionals – the right professionals. But it is a private matter and I don’t want to comment further on that.”
Suarez spent three years with Liverpool, during which he was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and suspended for a further 10 matches for biting Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea.
Last month, he joined Barcelona for a reported fee of £75m but the Catalan club’s vice president Jordi Mestre said on Tuesday the actual amount was significantly less.
Mestre added: “Negotiations started before the World Cup and we worked hard to come to a final figure of £65m. We were originally quoted over €90m (£72m).
“He had much better offers than ours financially but he wanted to come to Barcelona. He made a great effort – financially and personally – to be here.”
Suarez admitted he feared for his career after the incident with Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win in Natal on 24 June.
He said: “Of course I was concerned – not just about the transfer to Barcelona but more for me as a person. But, as I’ve said, that’s in the past now and I’m trying to concentrate on Barcelona.
“Everything that happens in the past, that needs to be forgotten. If I start thinking about everything I’ve gone through, I wouldn’t be here.”